Author: Jonathan Keane

VPNify is a Global Platform for Testing VPN Speeds

Speed is a huge determining factor for many users when looking for a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Browsing reviews will give you an idea of what to expect but it’s difficult to compare multiple providers at once. VPNify is a web-based app, sponsored by the VPN provider Private Internet Access, that collates speed data from […]

Today is Data Privacy Day

It’s Data Privacy Day, an international effort to increase awareness of data security and privacy and encourage best practices to say safe online. Google has got in on promoting the day too. You may have noticed that reminder on its homepage today to check up on your privacy settings. Meanwhile, organizations like the Electronic Frontier […]

CyberGhost VPN Sees Decline in Requests for User Data

CyberGhost has seen a decline in the number of take down requests it has received from governments, law enforcement, and law firms. The Romanian company, behind CyberGhost VPN which says it keeps no logs, has published its annual transparency report for 2015, which highlights take down requests it receives as well as malicious activity detected […]

US Soldiers Aren’t Happy About Netflix’s VPN Ban

It’s not just regular TV show binge watchers that are worried about Netflix banning VPNs. US military servicemembers stationed overseas may not able to access the streaming service. Military men and women stationed in Bahrain told Stars and Stripes that they may be blocked from accessing Netflix after using a VPN for many years. However […]

VPN Providers Call Netflix Blocks ‘Misguided’

Last week Netflix announced it would be taking a more hard line approach against VPN users that are accessing geo-restricted libraries. Since then the move has come under criticism. Tech writers, lawyers, and regular Internet users have claimed that there is very little that can really be done to block VPNs and proxies. Instead the […]

Netflix in Indonesia May be Banned or Censored Soon

Just a few days after launching in the country, Indonesia is possibly making moves to ban Netflix. Lembaga Sensor Film (LSF), or Indonesian Censorship Agency, has expressed its concern over the streaming giant’s catalog of films. According to the agency’s chairman, Ahmad Yani Basuki, it has banned a number of films from showing in cinemas […]

Updates to Reddit VPN Comparison Board

Recently we posted about a new VPN comparison spreadsheet that was being shared around Reddit. Since it went online in December, a couple of VPN providers have reached out with corrections regarding their details on the document. VPN Creative isn’t the creator of the spreadsheet. The Reddit user that did, ThatOnePrivacyGuy, hasn’t updated some of […]

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VPN Use Under Threat in Canada

Copyright law and issues around website blocking, which could include the use of VPNs, is coming under the microscope in Canada once again following the recent change in government. Canadian Heritage minister Melanie Joly has been in discussions around copyright laws and the use of VPNs to access geo-restricted content, according to Michael Geist, writing […]

VPN Port Vulnerability Could Expose User IPs

VPNs are vulnerable to what is called a “port fail” according to Perfect Privacy, which can expose users’ IP addresses. The VPN provider published a blog post last week, which detailed the vulnerability in VPNs that use port forwarding and are based on protocols like OpenVPN, IPSec, or PPTP. It’s important to point out that […]

AVG to Release Its First Tor & VPN Router

Anti-virus firm AVG Technologies is launching its own Tor-enabled router with a built in VPN. You’ll recall that AVG acquired HideMyAssVPN earlier this year. The Chime router is being developed by AVG Innovation Labs, which is turning to crowdfunding for the device. “Hardware is new for us,” says AVG. The company is seeking $650,000. The […]

With Data Retention Laws, Will Australians look to VPNs?

This week Australia officially enacted its controversial new data retention law where mass swathes of metadata are required to be stored by telecoms for up to two years. Australian authorities said the measures were necessary for law enforcement but the move has outraged civil liberties groups as authorities will have greater ease of access to […]

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VPN IP Addresses Blocked by BBC iPlayer

VPN users are reporting issues with accessing the BBC iPlayer, according to Malaysian provider BolehVPN. The VPN provider claims that the BBC has been blocking large numbers of IP addresses associated with VPN services. “This has sadly affected our UK servers as well, but rest assured that we’re working hard on a solution,” said BolehVPN. […]

Torrent Sites are Reportedly Banning VPNs

A number of torrent sites have moved to ban IP addresses, which they believe to be from VPNs, from accessing their sites. Torrent Freak reports that a couple of unnamed torrent sites have opted for banning VPNs after discovering that anti-piracy bodies have used such services to hunt down infringing content and issue DMCA notices. […]